|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH – Kvitova sends an off-balance backhand into the top of the net to hand Sharapova a FIRST MATCH POINT ... and Sharapova is through to the Australian Open final when Kvitova bizarrely choses a slice forehand down the centre of the court only to send it long
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 5-4 – Already 0-30 down Sharapova makes a big call on hawkeye when her backhand is called out only for the challenge to show it was actually on the line. The replay of the point goes Sharapova’s way with a huge serve as does the next and the Russian goes on to hold when Kvitova sends another two shots long. Kvitova will have to serve to stay in it after the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 4-4 – Another comparatively service hold from Kvitova, the Czech sealing it to 15 when Sharapova hit a backhand into the net after a cross court exchange. Huge game coming up for Sharapova next as she has faced break points in each of her last few games ...
- - The former Gold Coast mayor and high-profile Lawyer Lex Bell has arrived at the Tomic house to try and sort the situation out. Tomic, meanwhile, has given a quote to Channel 7 news saying that he is confused and "it's like I killed someone".
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 4-3 – Kvitova squanders yet another break point as she sends a fairly slack forehand into the bottom of the net after Sharapova had found the baseline. A double fault wastes a game point for Sharapova but eventually she goes on to hold, after numerous unsuccessful attempts, and sneak ahead once more
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 3-3 – Kvitova races through a relatively comfortable service hold to 15 to level up once again and sling all the pressure back on Sharapova, who is definitely having the harder time on serve
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 3-2 – There’s a screech of annoyance, from the usually quiet Kvitova, as she misses a forehand long to squander a break point. And a second goes begging a couple of shots later when she slices a forehand wide across court. Sharapova is really down on herself in this game but somehow she manages to recover and hold when Kvitova again sends the ball wide across court
- - Breaking news on Twitter: Bernard Tomic is in a tense stand-off with police at his Gold Coast home after they tried to pull him over for alleged traffic offences in his orange BMW sports car.
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 2-2 – BREAK – Anything you can do ...! But not in a good way as Kvitova also bashes down a double fault to hand Sharapova a break point. And the Russian does break back, almost out of nowhere as is Sharapova’s wont. We’re back on serve in this final set
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 1-2 – BREAK – A seventh double from Sharapova hands Kvitova a break point. And she gets it when the Russian hits a low backhand into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 1-1 - Brilliant serving from Kvitova to get her side of the scoreboard ticking over in this third set, finding an ace down the centre of the court to seal her third straight love service game
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 1-0 - Despite a double fault Sharapova holds for the opening game of the final set, finding a backhand down the line that Kvitova simply cannot return
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-6 - SET - BOOM! Kvitova serves out the second set with an ace. No signs of nerves there and it's anyone's guess which way this one will go in the third set. Both players have one very dominant set under their belt
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 3-5 - Sharapova races through a love service hold to force Kvitova to serve out the set, sealing it with a forehand winner that Kvitova simply cannot get anywhere near. Both players changing their racquets for the new balls
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 2-5 - Kvitova races through another service hold to leave her potentially just one game away from the second set; Sharapova will be forced to stay in it after the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 2-4 - Kvitova makes things tough for Sharapova with a forehand winner pushing the Russian to deuce. But Sharapova does recover to hold with a forehand winner of her own
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 1-4 – Channel 7 commentator, and sometime Eurosport commentator, Sam Smith has potentially put Kvitova’s resurgence in this second set down to the fact that her boyfriend has left her players box after the first set! Whatever it is, she holds to 15 to remain a break ahead, sealing it with a backhand winner
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 1-3 – Kvitova backs away from the ball in order to take a second serve on her forehand instead of backhand, crunching a winner straight down the line to bring up another break point. Sharapova levels at deuce when Kvitova hits wide down the line before going on to hold when Kvitova hits wide across court
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 0-3 – Kvitova sends Sharapova scampering across the baseline before putting her forehand down the line and just on to the outside of it to bring up a game point. And, although she misses her first serve, the Czech does go on to hold with a solid second serve that Sharapova can only return into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 0-2 – BREAK - Kvitova squanders another couple of break points with uncontrolled ground-strokes long but she does break at the third attempt and, although it’s still a little patchy, the Czech is landing more than she’s missing now. Momentum is really beginning to turn
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 0-1 – Kvitova’s body language is pretty shocking so far today, she seems really down on herself most of the time, and drops her head when she slaps a low forehand into the net to squander a game point. But she does hold for the opening game of the second set with a forehand winner and a clenched fist
- - In 108 GS matches when she has taken the 1st set, Sharapova has gone on to win on 104 of those occasions. Not looking great for Kvitova right now!
- - SHARAPOVA 6-2 – SET – Kvitova, perhaps freed from the shackles of thinking she is still in this set, races out to three break points. But Sharapova ups the intensity once again, saving the first with a cross court backhand that the Czech can only hit into the net, the second with a forehand and the third with a second serve winner before getting a first set when Kvitova sends a backhand long. The first chance goes begging but she gets another and this time she takes it with a service winner
- - SHARAPOVA 5-2 – BREAK – Sharapova is taking full advantage so far of the nerves that Kvitova clearly has, drilling a backhand winner across court to put herself in a position to serve for the set after the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 4-2 – Sharapova has another battle on serve, really struggling to land her first serve, before finding a forehand winner down the line (behind Kvitova, who is racing across the baseline). It brings up a game point and she does hold to consolidate the break when Kvitova sends a backhand wide across court
- - SHARAPOVA 3-2 – BREAK – Sharapova absolutely kills a backhand return of serve across court for a winner that brings up a break point. Kvitova saves it but quickly hands Sharapova a second chance, which she gets when Kvitova slaps a low forehand into the net. The Czech second seed bounces her racquet in frustration before burying her head in her towel during the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 2-2 – BREAK – Ouch! Sharapova gets a little unlucky when her backhand catches the top of the tape and bounces back on to her side of the net, and it seems to shake her confidence slightly as she slaps down a double fault to hand Kvitova a break back point before slapping a backhand into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 2-1 - BREAK - Ah, after such a strong start on her serve, Kvitova kicks this game off with a double fault and Sharapova goes on to bring up two break points. What looks like a regulation smash at the net for Kvitova becomes a nightmare for her as she misjudges and hits it way long. First blood to Sharapova!
- - SHARAPOVA 1-1 - Sharapova seals this one with a thunderous backhand down the line and that is a no less convincing service game than Kvitova's opener. Early signs are promising that this is going to be a cracker. The crowd could be in for a treat. Just a quick word on the weather: it's another beautiful day in Melbourne. There's a breeze up outside the stadium and it's cooler than previous days but the sun is out and it must be hot down on court.
- - SHARAPOVA 0-1 - Kvitova starts well in her first service game, holding to love with a minimum of fuss to ease any nerves she may have had coming into this one. That said, the Czech looks cool, calm and collected out there today. And there's no sign of the strapping that she sported on her leg in the quarters... all good so far for Kvitova.
- - SHARAPOVA 0-0 - Kvitova will serve first as the second semi-final gets under way!
- - The girls are out on court warming up. Sharapova is in her all white outfit with luminous green trim, while Kvitova is in all purple.
- - Third seed Victoria Azarenka awaits the winner of this one, having ended the title defence of Kim Clijsters earlier on Rod Laver Arena. Azarenka ends Clijsters hopes
- - Hello and welcome to our continued coverage of the Australian Open, as Maria Sharapova takes on Petra Kvitova in a repeat of last year's Wimbledon final for a place in this year's Australian Open final.
|Date of Birth||19/04/1987|
|Date of Birth||08/03/1990|